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What we learned at E-Commerce Week – the power of customs modernisation

As E-Commerce Week draws to a close, Amgad Shehata, Senior Vice President of International Public Affairs and Strategy at Alliance partner UPS, explains why implementing four elements of the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement will be fundamental to realising the potential of e-commerce.

Major milestone for Alliance project in Colombia

This Friday 23 March, Colombia’s National Food and Drug Surveillance Institute (Invima) will launch its new risk model to reduce physical inspections of food in ports, airports and border crossings by more than 34%. The model, known as Model IVC SOA Ports, will allow much greater efficiency in the inspection process, benefitting both importers and exporters.

New trade facilitation project with Brazil

The Brazilian Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services (MDIC) and the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (the Alliance) have announced a new partnership aimed at increasing Brazil’s competitiveness in international trade and boosting economic development.

Alliance talks trade facilitation with Latin America’s leaders

The World Economic Forum on Latin America in São Paulo brought together more than 750 leaders from government, business and civil society from over 40 countries to drive forward an agenda of responsible leadership, innovation and economic progress for the region. With so many of the region’s important stakeholders in one place, the Alliance saw an opportunity to bring together the public and private sectors for an interactive workshop on trade facilitation.

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The Alliance is looking for a Knowledge Lead

The Knowledge Lead will develop useful, pragmatic and workable best practices with the private sector to support effective trade facilitation reforms with measurable commercial benefits. The position will report to the Head of Global Coordination for the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation.

MANUFACTURING

How does trade facilitation impact manufacturing FDI? ​

The Global Alliance is pleased to launch its latest publication examining the impact of the trade facilitation environment on foreign direct investment (FDI). This paper highlights that developing economies with stronger trade facilitation environments attract high-value investments, especially in industries such as auto parts and aerospace manufacturing.

How can Africa kill the red tape and improve trade

How can Africa​ kill the red tape and improve trade?

Governments are making slow progress in improving the efficiency of customs and border procedures – with many small businesses and entrepreneurs cut off from the global trading system as a result. This is a central finding of the World Economic Forum’s Global Enabling Trade Report, issued today in conjunction with the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation.

Global Enabling Trade Report

Release 2016 Global Enabling Trade Report

Governments are making slow progress in improving the efficiency of customs and border procedures – with many small businesses and entrepreneurs cut off from the global trading system as a result. This is a central finding of the World Economic Forum’s Global Enabling Trade Report, issued today in conjunction with the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation.

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Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation Launch Statement

The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, a unique public-private partnership for trade-led growth by speeding implementation of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement in developing countries, launched today at the WTO Ministerial Summit in Nairobi.